Written by Jane Simpson on August 18, 2020

20 Myths about Web Design

There’s plenty of information out there that is simply false on the topic of web design. I’ve taken the liberty of debunking the most common myths:

1. Web Designer Equals Graphic Designer

As a matter of a fact, the two don’t have much in common. Creating the graphics and integrating them on a website are two completely different things.

2. Free Site Saves You Money

It also “saves” you the opportunity to create an engaging, customizable design that would be personalized to your brand

3. Web Developer Equals Web Designer

Most web developers nowadays can do both, however, the jobs are quite different. The designer enhances and crafts the visuals, while the developer builds them.

4. Mobile Versions Don’t Matter

As a matter of a fact, the mobile versions of a website are much more important nowadays as most visitors use mobile devices.

5. Animation Equals Engagement

Too many animations could make the website slow and bring an unpleasant experience to the end customer, be careful with the web design.

6. Widgets Improve The Website

It’s true as long as you don’t stuff your website with them. It’s pointless to implement features that don’t hold value.

7. Looks Are the Most Important Feature of a Website

Simply untrue, the content matters much more than the looks. Obviously, efforts should be spent on the latter.

8. Internal Links Are Useless

They actually improve the end-user experience.

9. Start SEO After The Site is Done

It’s much better to start it as the site is being built.

10. SEO is About Ranking

Your ranking doesn’t matter if you’re not converting any of the traffic.

11. Affordable Web Design is Cheap Web Design

Cheap web design lacks quality, while affordable web designs mean to optimally produce a product with a specific budget.

12. Responsiveness is Overrated

The fact is, your website MUST be responsive, or you will lose traffic.

13. It Takes Longer to Implement Responsive Design

Again, simply untrue, it does take longer, but not that much to make it a real concern.

14. Flash Rocks

Most websites are staying away from Flash as the technology cannot be read by search engines for example.

15. Stocks Photos Are Basically Unique Images

Your own images would present a unique picture of your brand, while stock photos could be bought by anyone.

16. The Homepage Is the Most Important Page

It might be the most visited one indeed; however, you should spend just as much effort on other pages as well, especially informational pages and landing pages.

17. White Space Should Be Filled

No, it creates a simple look on the website and makes it much more “accessible” to a person’s brain. White spaces are a must.

18. The More Features the Better

Sometimes having too many options is simply confusing, nothing more.

19. Testing on Many Devices is a Must

There are about a hundred brands with different mobile devices. Imagine the amount of effort needed to test on all of them.

20. Typography Doesn’t Matter

A website should be completely decipherable, in order for the responsive design to work as intended.

21. Server Uptime doesn't matter

Some people believe that Server Uptime (i.e. server availability) doesn't matter that much, that a cheap hosting service will be good enough. Well, cheap hosing providers might mean you get HTTP 500 Internal Server Error and such problems.

Article written by Jane Simpson
My passion is anything to do with web design and SEO. Design is exciting and can inspire. Design gives me freedom of expression. SEO, outreach, in particular, lets me have fun meeting people. What more could a girl want out of work?